Spalding man drove into police van and then hedge while over drink/drive limit

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A man who had lost his home, money and belongings after being dumped by his fiancee, drank alcohol before driving into a police car and then a hedge.

Paul MacKenzie (39), of Redbourne Close, Spalding, admitted driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop 
after an accident when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court.

Dan Pietryka, prosecuting, said police saw MacKenzie in his Peugeot car parked in Spalding town centre at 1.30am on July 10 and pulled up alongside him.

He said MacKenzie accelerated away from the officers and in the process hit the rear nearside of the police van, causing a small dent and scratches.

The officers turned their vehicle round and followed him as he headed towards the by-pass and at a corner they saw the Peugeot which had crashed into a hedge on the offside of the road, with MacKenzie, who had been able to crawl out, standing beside it.

He was taken to hospital where he gave a blood test, which revealed a reading of 123 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Mitigating, Terry Boston said that on the afternoon prior to the offence, without any warning, MacKenzie’s 
fiancee had broken off their relationship and ordered him to leave the house with all his belongings.

He said MacKenzie was very upset as he had lost his home, all his money and belongings, as well as his fiancee.

Mr Boston said MacKenzie remembered having some drinks but could not remember getting into his car.

He added he would lose his employment as he needed his car to get to work.

MacKenzie was banned from driving for 15 months but he was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course, which would reduce the period of disqualification by 15 weeks.

He was also fined £320 and ordered to pay £117 in costs and charges.